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News Release

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Media Relations

Fictitious Identification Enforcement


Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) continue to utilize programs to prevent the sales and consumption of alcoholic beverages by under-aged minors. Along with our educational programs, such as the Standardized Training for Alcohol Retailers (STAR) that are offered to ABC licensees and their employees, the LAPD incorporates enforcement programs such as the Minor Decoy, Shoulder Tap and undercover operations to prevent alcohol sales to minors.

One problem that continues to impact ABC licensed establishments is the use of fictitious identification by under-age minors to purchase alcoholic beverages. In an effort to apprehend individuals in possession of fictitious identification, the Department of ABC and the LAPD will be monitoring on-sale ABC establishments during the months of February and March.

Law enforcement personnel will be checking the identifications of patrons at ABC licensed locations, focusing on ABC licensed establishments at or near college campuses.

Questions regarding these programs can be directed to Sergeant Rafael Ramirez, Operation ABC, at 213-473-7654.

This news release was prepared by LAPD Media Relations Section at 213-485-3586.